discourage discourage  /dɪs ˈkɜ rɪdʒ/


  1. (v) try to prevent; show opposition to
  2. (v) deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
  3. (v) admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior



  1. This is notably ironic, since the car's creator the smooth-talking Malcolm Bricklin didn't include an ashtray or lighter in the car, to discourage smoking.
  2. If we use taxes to discourage antisocial behavior like smoking, we could also use taxes to discourage driving a Hummer at 90 m.
  3. Beside it is a quarrying operation that once dumped a load of sand and gravel from a conveyor belt into Cronin's boat while he was in it, to discourage scrutiny.


  1. At Barclays Center Events, Fewer Cars Than Expected

    At first, 1,100 parking spaces were proposed for the arena. The number was cut in half to discourage driving, but still the lot there is rarely even half full.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. Apple to add kill switches to iPhones

    Apple to add kill switches to iPhones Apple said Monday it will equip its new iPhones with a "kill switch" that will render the devices useless if stolen - making the Cupertino firm the first manufacturer to act on a chorus of law enforcement calls to discourage robbers who are targeting smartphones. Once a user throws the kill switch - or activation lock, as Apple calls it - only someone with ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. IHT Rendezvous: IHT Quick Read: June 11

    The United States reconsiders military options in Syria; Ghana cracks down on Chinese migrants; high-profile rape cases discourage female tourists from going to India; the troika returns to Athens; and a brilliant showcase for the British sculptor William Turnbull.        
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "To be sure, health problems have prevented me from eating," Ebert writes in the book. "That did not discourage my cooking. It became an exercise more pure, freed of biological compulsion."
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Roger Ebert Source: USA Today

  2. "I would strongly discourage authorities from going ahead with the runoff (vote) Friday," Ban told reporters. "It would only deepen the divisions within the country and produce results that cannot be credible."
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: Africasia

  3. Washington warned that "the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it."
    on May 19, 2008 By: George Washington Source: The Wichita Eagle

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propriety propriety
/prə ˈpraɪ ə ti /